SharePoint Discussion Forum Web Part

Check Discussion Forum for Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Reduce email and overcome the limitation of the SharePoint Discussion List. A great way to get enterprise discussion forum functionality into SharePoint 2010.

Check SharePoint Social

Provides all of the social features you would expect such as instant messaging, Topics, Replied, Ratings, Moderation, Mark as answered and make sticky.

Video:Create Topics/Posts and configure the forums

Within this short video, we demonstrate how to create and reply to Topics and posts. Rate posts, mark as answered, make sticky, and mark as a featured post. We demonstrate how to create multiple forum groups and forums whilst configuring the settings for each forum/forum group.

SharePoint Discussion List

Forum Groups separating Forums and Topics

Social Squared is a replacement for the SharePoint Out-of-the-Box discussion list. The SharePoint discussion list does not provide what is now expected from an internet based forum. Social Squared provides a powerful fully featured forum tool within SharePoint.

Social Squared is easily branded to suit your environment and stores its content in a Microsoft SQL database to provide ultimate performance when your organization needs a Forum tool capable of handling thousands of users and posts.

SharePoint Create PostSharePoint Gamification

Creating posts is easy and powerful. We provide a full rich text editing environment with the ability to format text, insert images or videos, emoticons, and file attachments.

When replying to posts, you can reply using the forum tool or also via email which enables you to easily create posts and reply to them from a hand-held device or tablet.

Ratings, Voting, Make Sticky, and Locking are amongst some of the features that Social Squared provides to forum users.

SharePoint Forum Reporting

Social Reporting

Social Squared comes with its own reporting tool and allows moderators to be able to report on how many posts are being created across all the forums or forum groups. Using the reporting functionality you can find out who replies most, who creates the most posts, or also which is the most popular forum.


SharePoint Discussion List SettingsFully customizable per forum or forum group

The forum setting are available via the Site Settings within the Team Site hosting the Social Squared Web Part. Within the Site Settings you can configure who your moderators are, create new forums and forum groups, configure user profiles, and set reputation scores amongst many other settings.

Search SharePoint ForumIntegrated Search

You can search a Social Squared forum in one of two ways. You can enable the Social Squared Search which provides a built in search within the Web Part which allows you to search on keywords, and also refine your search by Author, From and To. If you want the posts to be returned via your SharePoint Search or FAST Search, you can configure Business Connectivity Services to crawl the Social Squared Microsoft SQL database.


Comparison of Social Squared vs. SharePoint Discussion Board

FeatureSocial SquaredSharePoint 2013 Discussion ListSharePoint 2010 Discussion List
Data StoreSQL DatabaseSharePoint ListSharePoint List
Forum Notifications (Alerts)CheckCheckCheck
Localization SupportCheckCheckCheck
Post votingCheckCrossCross
Mark post as answerCheckCheckCross
Topic RatingCheckCheckCross
RSS FeedCheckCheckCross
Lock TopicsCheckCrossCross
Sticky TopicsCheckCrossCross
Tagging – CustomCheckCheckCross
Move topics between forumsCheckCrossCross
Archive to separate KnowledgebaseCrossCrossCross
Featured PostsCheckCheckCross
See followersCheckCheckCross
Post AttachmentsMultipleMultipleMultiple
Post sortingCheckCheckCross
Code syntax highlightingCheckCrossCross
Reply via EmailCheckCrossCross
Create Topic via EmailCheckCheckCross
Customizable CSS, Images and ASCX controlsCheckCrossCross
Tagging – Metadata Term StoreCheckCheckCross
User Reputation \ GamificationCheckCheckCross
Reply with quoteCheckCrossCross
Report Abuse functionalityCheckCrossCross
Alias \ Nickname supportCheckCrossCross
Right to Left language supportCheckCheckCross
Forum GroupsCheckCrossCross
Integrated SearchCheckCheckCheck
BCS SearchCheckN/AN/A
Follow usersCheckCheckCross
Email subscription managementCheckCheckCross
Featured PostsCheckCheckCross
Customizable Email templateCheckRequires DevelopmentCross
Notification DigestCheckCheckCross
MySite Profile integrationCheckCheckCross
Enforce Terms and ConditionsCheckCrossCross
Anonymous AccessCheckCheckCross
Active User Web PartCheckCrossCross
Tag Cloud Web PartCheckCrossCross
Recent Activity viewCheckCheckCross
Attachment restriction settingsCheckCrossCross
Email subject filteringCheckCrossCross
Accessibility SupportCheckCheckCross
Original Post \ Moderator easy identificationCheckCrossCross

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